In a press conference Wednesday afternoon (June 3), Keith Ellison, the attorney general of Minnesota, announced that the remaining three police offers involved in George Floyd’s unlawful death would be charged with aiding and abetting murder. Meanwhile, the previously arrested officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes before he died of asphyxiation, received an upgraded charge of second-degree murder.
Artists took to social media to not only rejoice for the justice served in Floyd’s case but took it a step further and encouraged their fans to vote in local and national elections, as well as fight for the same justice to be served for Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot eight times by police officers back in March when they forced themselves into her home with a “no-knock warrant.” None of the officers involved in her unlawful death have been arrested and charged.
Solange, Vanessa Hudgens, Ariana Grande and The-Dream pushed their Instagram and Twitter followers to act beyond their relieved reactions, while Moses Sumney teased upset onlookers who continually zero-in on the looting and rioting narratives detracting from the Black Lives Matter movement. “so you’re telling me… burning sh–… works? interesting…,” Sumney tweeted.
Check out the musicians’ reactions below.
Pow! Finally…… Now Convict. https://t.co/07tkmgpzk7
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) June 3, 2020
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) June 3, 2020
Keep up the good fight! Lots more work to do but this is a good first step https://t.co/RVCKMtjd91
— Naya Rivera (@NayaRivera) June 3, 2020
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) June 3, 2020
Everyone is Rejoicing as they should, Peace and Blessings to the #GeorgeFlyod family. Beyond the meaningfulness of today, let us not take solace in the fact that this will not stop immediately. It’s a Trainnof Hate. There is no lever that completely stops the weight of that.
— MUSIC ICON THE-DREAM (@TheKingDream) June 3, 2020
All 4 officers are charged!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Louis The Child (@LouisTheChild) June 3, 2020
!!!!!!! When are the arrest and charges happening ?!?! https://t.co/ZTSEB6Vb4h
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) June 3, 2020